Tidy Towns Report - Natural and Wildlife Amenities, In this section Mullinahone increased its mark from 19 to 22 out of 50 in 2012. It is pleasing to learn that you have commissioned a survey of the wildlife of the area and this is the best approach. You mention the school children and I recommend that you could consider running a local competition, maybe artistic or an essay for the children to tell us about the wildlife of the area. This could be done maybe in conjunction with the school and of course funded by your committee and what better way to get the children involved in wildlife matters but we are aware that there is a lot going on already in the school. The planting of suitable wildlife trees and shrubs could of course benefit the landscaping of the area. Litter Control, here the improvement was from 34 to 36 out of 50 this year. The photographs tell the very satisfactory work to collect the litter on Good Friday, a splendid effort. Well Done, you probably now have an idea of litter black spots and may be able to prohibit or stop indiscriminate disposal of litter. A fantastic job was done at the back of the litter bins and I am delighted that the area was spotlessly clean on my visit.
Bingo Night - Don’t forget the big Bingo night in the G.A.A. Hall on this Thursday night, 1st November. Proceeds are in aid of the new Community Park and Children’s Playground. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. and game starts at 8.30 p.m.
Alzheimers / Dementia Support Group - A facilitated support group for carers of people with Alzheimers/Dementia, providing a safe place, for information exchange, emotional and practical support and the opportunity to network with other carers in similar positions. Location is at Alzheimers Day Care Centre, 1 Fr. Walsh Close, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny (behind the Village Inn). Next meeting on this Wednesday, 31st October from 4 to 5.30 p.m. If you are unable to make this meeting or for more information contact Ruth O’Gorman at (056) 7771230.
Saorview - I hope that all local TV watchers survived Saorview Day. The change over to a digital TV signal appeared to go well with a newer sharper picture coming from Mount Leinster. Some people may require different aerials, TV boxes or newer TV’s, for more information contact a TV Engineer or even a helpful friend or neighbour.
U/21 Hurling - Our U/21 hurlers picked up another two championship points on Saturday last. However this wasn’t on the field of play but because opponents Moyle Rovers didn’t field in Cloneen. If Swan win over Ballybacon then, they Ballybacon and Mullinahone could finish level at the top of the table with only two going forward to the semi-finals. If Ballybacon win, then they and Mullinahone are likely to be contesting the top of the table spot. It was a pity that Saturdays game didn’t take place as supporters would have liked to see as many of the team as possible in competitive action.
Parish Newsletter - Condolences to Nora O’Meara, Carrick Street on the recent death of her father, Jim O’Meara, Fethard. November Cemetery prayers will take place on Sunday, 4th November in St. Michael’s Church Cemetery at 2.30 p.m. while prayers will follow at 3 p.m. in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Killaghy. Thursday, 1st November will be a Holyday of Obligation. Masses on Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. and on Thursday at 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Masses on All Souls Day, Friday (2nd) at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Thursday, November 1st from 2 to 10 p.m. Confirmation 2013 in Mullinahone on Friday, 22nd March while First Communion take place on Saturday, 18th May.
Foróige - Mullinahone Youth Club is converting to Foróige. An information evening will be held in the G.A.A. Sports Hall on Friday, 16th November from 8 to 9 p.m. All young people (12-18) and adults are welcome. Volunteers to run this club are needed. The club will run fortnightly for approx. two hours. Training will be provided.
U/10 Soccer - The Mullinahone Soccer Club is looking for anyone who can spare some time on a Saturday morning lending a hand with training the U/10 soccer team. Anyone interested phone Paul White (087) 4190867 or Edmond Maher on (087) 0696645.
Crocanoir - On Saturday, 3rd November another class musical evening, legendary guitarist Arty McGlynn will be joined on stage by Jim Rooney and Mick Daly, for further details ring John at (052) 9153117.
Gun Club - Mullinahone Gun Club would like to thank landowners for use of their lands during the coming season, all members are insured with the NARGC Compensation Fund. In the coming weeks members will be replacing or repairing Gun Club signs. For more info. contact Chairman on (086) 8524441.